Pioneers beat Hibriten in boys' soccer
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Justin Hall made sure Watauga’s seniors would go out with a win Monday night.
Watauga’s boys’ soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Hibriten 3-2 at Jack Groce Stadium on Senior Night.
Things didn’t look so promising for the Pioneers, who fell behind 2-0. The Pioneers rallied with two goals in the first half, and then Hall scored the go-ahead goal with 8:08 left in the game when he took a pass from Hunter Martin from the right side and putting it into the Panthers’ goal. The goal came on the heels of pressure from Watauga’s offense was putting on the Hibriten defense.
“It seemed like a typical Senior Night jitter early on,” Pioneers coach Woody McKay said. “We knew they had a very dangerous throw-in. In the first couple of minutes, we give away a throw-in and they throw it and head it in the goal.”
Watauga improved to 16-2-1 overall, 8-1-2 in the Northwestern Conference. The Pioneers won their third straight, and fourth out of their last fifth game. They have one more game Wednesday at St. Stephens (12-6-2, 7-2-2).
Hickory (21-1-0, 10-1-0) beat St. Stephens 2-0 Monday. Watauga handed Hickory its lone loss of the season. Hickory plays at Fred T. Foard Wednesday.
Hibriten (12-8-1, 4-7-0) scored two quick goals to grab a 2-0 lead in the first half. Watauga’s Tucker Chasteen sliced the Panthers’ lead in half with a goal off a Cam Linville assist.
The Pioneers got their second goal with just 26 seconds left when Jake Chasteen scored on a Trey Ollis assist.
“I like the way we came back and evened it by the half,” McKay said. “I like the way we played the entire half and got that goal with a half-minute left.”